Download patches and extensions from the Update Manager server to the ESXi hosts. Staging reduces the time that the hosts spends in maintenance mode during remediation.


  • Attach a patch or extension baseline or a baseline group containing patches and extensions to the host.
  • Required privileges: VMware vSphere Update Manager.Manage Patches and Upgrades.Stage Patches and Extensions.

For a list of Update Manager privileges and their descriptions, see Update Manager Privileges.


  1. In the vSphere Client, select Menu > Update Manager.
  2. Navigate to Menu > Hosts and Clusters.
  3. Select a host or a cluster from the inventory and click the Updates tab.
  4. Click Host Updates.
  5. Select a single or multiple baselines.
  6. Click Stage.
    The Stage Patches dialog box opens.
  7. Select hosts on which to stage patches and extensions.
    The number of selected hosts is on the top of the list.
  8. To view the patches or extensions that will download to the selected hosts, expand the Stage list.
  9. Click Stage.


The staging operation starts. You can monitor the progress of the task in the Recent Tasks pane.

What to do next

Remediate the host or hosts.

After remediation, all staged patches and extensions, whether installed or not during the remediation, are deleted from the host.